“This book is about the life-changing power of the creative spirit. As Aliyah shows, we all have deep reserves of creativity that we can draw upon to transform not only the way we interact with the world around us, but also the very thoughts and emotions that determine our reality.
Aliyah Marr’s ideas are provocative, even challenging, but she presents them in vivid, accessible arguments supported by an eclectic assortment of quotations from philosophers, artists, scientists, and other famous figures. Parallel Mind contains the rare gift of a new, necessary angle on contemporary life.”
~ Benjamin Kessler, playwright & managing editor of Graphics.com magazine
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Aliyah Marr draws from her experience as a teacher, visual artist, poet, graphic designer, and art director to demonstrate how you can change your body, your profession, your relationship, and your life just by changing your thoughts.
A powerful reference guide for artists, educators, psychologists, entrepreneurs, scientists, and for those who have an interest in a practical form of self-development.
Packed with practical examples and exercises from every medium: visual art, theater, music, video, poetry, scriptwriting, and dance, this book shows you how to use art to first express, and then clarify thoughts and emotions to create whatever you want.
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It takes you to the next level
By Escondido Mark (CA)
This book moves beyond ideas and concepts found in other self-help books. In a refreshing way, the author presents steps for you to take to unlock the joy you were born with and should be feeling every day. Essentially she’s saying; if you aren’t happy you can train yourself to fix that, you were born with all the tools you need, now its time to unlock your potential. By using creativity you can unlock and discover abundance in all the good things life has to offer.
Aliyah Marr has clearly and eloquently tackled the subject of creativity. I am particularly impressed with her understanding of attention and its fundamental role in the creative process. Her book will serve as a fundamental text in the field of creativity. ~ Les Fehmi, Ph.D., The Open-Focus Brain
An enlightened, engaging and provocative look at how to blend creativity and personal pursuits for a truly fulfilling life. Must reading. ~ David Heenan, Flight Capital and Double Lives
When you make a living from your ideas, you tend to forget about things like fun. Parallel Mind is a practical, poetic, and playful reminder. Even those of us in the creative professions need to remember to have fun and play; it can restore the very soul. ~ Bernie DeKoven, The Well-Played Game
As the founder of Alchemists International, my work has shown me that the most valuable element for any transformation is creativity. Parallel Mind, The Art of Creativity shows how anyone can transmute ordinary thoughts into the gold of pure creative action. ~ Jeffrey S. Edwards, Organizational Alchemist,(tm)
In the magic play of personal development, Aliyah Marr teaches us how to fully embrace our deepest desires and dreams. Parallel Mind is a sure guide. Read it and you will grow. ~ Marc Zegans, creative development advisor,
Pillow Talk, and Night Work
Packed with actionable insights and precise tools for breaking through self-imposed limitations and barriers, Parallel Mind is more than a book, it is a foundation for success and inspiration. ~ Stephen Sorkin, Co-author, Aha Performance: Building & Managing a Self Motivated Workforce
As a marketer and creator of the Book Yourself Solid(tm) system, I know the value of creative thinking; it can make or break a business. Parallel Mind contains invaluable information on how to release the mental and emotional blocks that most of us encounter in creating a new business and in marketing ourselves. Highly recommended. ~ Michael Port, Book Yourself Solid and Beyond Booked Solid
As a life coach with a focus on developing self-awareness I found Parallel Mind a fascinating read. Aliyah Marr demonstrates how developing one’s own creativity can help anyone, from artist to entrepreneur, change their lives. Aliyah presents a compelling argument for the value of creative consciousness; showing how you can use tools from the arts to shift your thinking through the power of self-understanding and love. She inspires you to be in your highest creative self at all times. This book is an incomparable reference guide; keep it in your back pocket until the changes that she endorses become part of you like a pair of your favorite jeans! ~ Michael A. Nitti, Executive Life Coach,
The Trophy Effect
With a masterful blend of science, metaphors, wisdom, quotes, and storytelling skill Aliyah Marr brings the magic carpet of creativity to life. With this book we can become the creative masters of our lives. ~ Sharon Lund, The Integrated Being: Techniques to Heal the
Aliyah Marr’s book provides a unique look into the development of creativity. The wide variety of ideas and approaches to creating provide something for everyone to ponder. In addition to her views, relevant quotes from artists, philosophers and others offer much food for thought. ~ Bruce Wands, Art of the Digital Age and Digital
As a person with autism, my visual thinking mind finds unexpected associations that help me invent new ideas. Parallel Mind will give you lots of new ways to look at old problems. ~ Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures
This book is about the life-changing power of the creative spirit, but it will also be relevant to those who primarily work with their left brain. As Aliyah shows, we all have deep reserves of creativity that we can draw upon to transform not only the way we interact with the world around us, but also the very thoughts and emotions that determine our reality.
Aliyah Marr’s ideas are provocative, even challenging, but she presents them in vivid, accessible arguments supported by an eclectic assortment of quotations from philosophers, artists, scientists, and other famous figures. Parallel Mind contains the rare gift of a new, necessary angle on contemporary life. ~ Benjamin Kessler, playwright & managing editor of Graphics.com magazine
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You are the Creator of your Reality
By SL San Diego
Parallel Mind” will embrace you with a gentle yet profound silky eloquence of linguistical artistry that carries within in it a spiritually scientific and loving message that vibrates to one’s core and tantalizes the intrigue to want to know more.
I would recommend this book to any who has come to understand that THEY are the creator of their lives. ~ Scott LaDoucer, Author of The Treasures Within and founder of The Inner World Institute
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Creative Analysis and Synthesis
By creativepubtalk (Norwich, UK)
One reason why I really like this book on creativity is the structure of words and ideas Aliyah Marr constructs her writing in. She has an unusual voice and a style of expressing difficult ideas which keeps the reader engrossed from the beginning with the flow of concepts. This is what good fiction writers do essentially as compelling storytellers. In Parallel Mind she does the same with non-fiction.
This is not easy when you are not, for example, writing a biography or a travel or cook book. The themes in Parallel Mind are hard to conceptualize as a compelling narrative but Aliyah synthesizes it really well – it has kept my interest throughout, in a topic area which normally I would rarely read. In particular I like the continuous sprinkling, amongst the text, of academic references, quotes and links to science, maths and other hard concepts – I don’t know how she found her references and quotes but it is impressive – Aliyah has a broad and discerning intellect on a wide area of interrelated creativity themes. Overall an enjoyable read and highly recommended.
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A savy marriage counselor for the feuding right and left brain
By Thornton H. Sully “editor-in-chief, A Word With You Press
Parallel Mind is not about self-help–it’s about self determination. It is immediately appealing as a motivational guide because it does what few self-help books even attempt: it treats the reader as if they had a brain.
A right and left brain, to be more precise.
According to author and artist Aliya Marr, the two halves don’t always make a whole. They seem to have conflicting agendas.
“The right brain–intuitive, holistic, and none verbal–is analogous to our definition of the inner child. The left brain–rational,linear and verbal…is the adult persona.” As long as the right and left brain bicker for dominance, we’re a cat chasing our own tail. Albert Einstein would seem to agree:”The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind the faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
Through specific exercises and provocative insight, this accomplished artist/author empowers us to open up the dialogue between adult and child, left and right. With the kind of mathematical surprise that would have delighted Einstein, she helps us discover that when the two halves work in tandem, one half plus one half equals infinity, and our capacity for problem solving becomes limitless, and, more to the point of this unique guide, joyful!
Aliyah Marr has her own “E=Mc2” equation, and it is this: “Vision + Passion= Manifestation.” For those with a vague awareness that something is missing in their lives, she makes a compelling case in this nutritious read that personal change is possible, and the rewards immeasurable, that joy and abundance is a nano-second away.
This ain’t for couch potatoes, but Ms Marr isn’t asking you to get to work–she’s inviting you to come out and play. “Creativity is play with purpose.” Who wouldn’t want to join her?
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Great reminders about Being Creative
By Penney Peirce (Novato, CA, USA)
Aliyah shares some great universal wisdom–and in a nice, useable sequence–about how to recognize, enter, and work with the creative mind. She gives us some good reminders about the characteristics of creativity, as well as a synthesis of many threads of ideas that pertain to the creative life. ~ Penney Peirce, author of Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration and The Intuitive Way: The Definitive Guide to Increasing Your Awareness
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Getting in the flow
By P. Avedisian (Vermont)
Aliyah Marr’s book goes directly to the heart of the creative experience. She leads the reader to the boundry of un patterned and habitual thought – pure creativity. Aliyah explores many of the different roads and perspectives to inspire your most creative self into being.
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Fantastic Expose on Creativity
By Julie A. Gengo (Cardiff, CA United States)
Every individual needs a dose of this book. Creativity is the heart and soul of existence and Aliyah expertly explains this concept so that you fully understand and can absorb the message. Creativity is for everyone no matter what you do, who you are or where you dare to tread.
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More Than Technique
By Steve Kaye (Placentia, CA)
This book has a beautiful voice. It is encouraging, gentle, and kind. It speaks to you like a good friend.
The book is about more than creativity. It’s about opening your mind to become the creative person that exists in each of us. So, instead of providing a catalog of quick techniques, this book goes deeper into the heart of creativity. It goes into the fundamental mindset that drives creativity. Once you master this, then you can use the tools like an artist.
And yes, the book also provides techniques. But the real value is in the profound wisdom about how people unfold into being creative.
I found this to be one of those rare books that deserves to be kept and cherished.
I strongly recommend this book. It belongs in any personal library.